What We Do

Promoting Children’s Literacy

Our mission is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need through collaboration with community partners. Our goal is to break the poverty cycle by exposing low-income children to language and reading from birth– fostering literacy skills, opening their minds to the world beyond their neighborhood and fueling their imaginations.

Book Collection
Our books come from a variety of sources including community collection bins, company book drives, online used booksellers, and individuals.

Through a network of more than 1,000 partner organizations—including government agencies, school districts, non-profits, libraries, and more—we distribute tens of thousands of books every month to children throughout Greater Cleveland. From our largest partners to smaller, grassroots partners, every book makes a difference.

Volunteers sort books by reading level and box them for pick up from our warehouse by our partner organizations who distribute them directly to kids and families in need to keep and build their home libraries.

Two girls smiling with books from the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank at their after school arts program